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GP Giappone, prove libere venerdì–06/10/2017

Japanese GP practice: Lewis Hamilton fastest but session a washout

Second practice for Formula 1’s Japanese Grand Prix was a near-washout following heavy rain, with Lewis Hamilton the quickest of just five drivers to set a timed lap.

Rain started falling just before the scheduled start of the afternoon session and soon intensified, leading to race control choosing to delay the start of practice two.

Rivers formed around the undulating Suzuka circuit, with teams entertaining the crowd by creating miniature rafts and boats and sailing them down the pitlane.

The rain finally stopped and with just over 45 minutes of the session to go, running got under way.

Kimi Raikkonen was the first driver to venture out on full wets, soon followed by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer followed suit on the same rubber, with all just completing installation laps.

Some teams were keen to save fresh sets of the full wets for later in the weekend and therefore chose not to go out as conditions did not improve enough for intermediates.

Force India was not one of them, with Sergio Perez the first to complete a timed lap with a 1m51.345s, before being usurped by team-mate Esteban Ocon.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton then pumped in a 1m48.719s to go quickest, 0.799 seconds ahead of Ocon.

The Williams of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll were the only others to set a timed lap, with six drivers – Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Pierre Gasly, Kevin Magnussen, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas – failing to head out at all.

Stroll had a moment at Turn 1, running through the gravel but just missing the barriers before rejoining the track unscathed.

Toro Rosso did an impressive job to repair Carlos Sainz Jr’s car, following his crash in first practice, so he could get out for an installation lap with around 20 minutes to go.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m48.719s 4
2 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m49.518s 0.799s 3
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m51.345s 2.626s 3
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.146s 3.427s 3
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m52.343s 3.624s 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 3
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 2
12 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 2
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1

Da Autosport.com

Sebastian Vettel leads crash-interrupted first Japanese GP practice

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace in first Japanese Grand Prix practice, edging out Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton in a session interrupted by Carlos Sainz Jr crashing heavily.

Vettel’s best time of 1m29.166s was set shortly after a red-flag period that was caused when Toro Rosso driver Sainz suffered a violent crash around 50 minutes into the session.

Sainz, who is already set to start from the back of the grid at Suzuka due to engine component change penalties, suddenly lost control as he ran wide exiting the hairpin, and speared towards the tyre barriers, blocking the track.

When the session resumed with 23 minutes left on the clock, Ferrari sent both its drivers out on super-soft tyres, with Vettel – who had been 0.042 seconds behind super-soft-shod Hamilton in second when still on softs – eclipsing the Mercedes’ previous benchmark by 0.211s to move to the top of the times.

The arrival of heavier rain in the final 10 minutes ensured Vettel’s time would go unchallenged in the closing stages.

Hamilton, using the new Mercedes aero parts he eschewed last weekend in Malaysia, set the pace for much of the session, trading fastest times with team-mate Valtteri Bottas during the opening 20 minutes on soft tyres.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo became the first driver to dip beneath the 1m30s barrier just shy of half an hour into the session, using super-softs to set a 1m29.541s and eclipse Hamilton by 0.501s.

That benchmark stood for a little under 10 minutes, as Hamilton – now on super-softs – improved to a 1m29.377s to retake top spot.

That time held up for second after Vettel’s late improvement.

Ricciardo ended the session third-fastest, 0.375s shy of Vettel and a tenth up on the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who was 0.472s slower than his team-mate on super-softs.

Bottas was fifth, 0.985s off the pace, six tenths ahead of Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull.

Both drivers suffered lurid off-track moments during the session, Bottas approaching Turn 1 and then at Degner; Verstappen at Spoon.

Esteban Ocon was the best of the Force Indias in seventh, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, Romain Grosjean’s Haas and Stoffel Vandoorne’s McLaren.

Fernando Alonso was 12th-fastest, 0.033s down on Vandoorne, the two McLarens split by Kevin Magnussen – recovering from a water pressure problem that kept him in the garage for much of the first part of the session.

Sainz ended up 17th after his crash, one place ahead of team-mate Pierre Gasly, whose Toro Rosso was sent out equipped with a halo at the start of the session.

FP1 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m29.166s 23
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.377s 0.211s 29
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m29.541s 0.375s 27
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m29.638s 0.472s 22
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m30.151s 0.985s 30
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m30.762s 1.596s 26
7 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m30.899s 1.733s 22
8 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m30.974s 1.808s 24
9 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m31.032s 1.866s 22
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.202s 2.036s 24
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m31.216s 2.050s 15
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m31.235s 2.069s 19
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m31.530s 2.364s 23
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m31.602s 2.436s 22
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m31.757s 2.591s 22
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m31.912s 2.746s 20
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m32.252s 3.086s 14
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Renault 1m32.501s 3.335s 18
19 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m32.897s 3.731s 29
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.397s 4.231s 28

Da Autosport.com


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